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Chapter 6: The One who brings an end to wars
As Sha'Qudela whispered those words, a powerful hail began to swirl around her. Covered by this hail, her body had begun to undergo some noticeable changes. First, on each arm, her hands shifted and fused together into a wholesome hand, which however had claws almost thrice as long and thick as before. Her hair completely restored itself, and its color changed to the same color her skin was. It was now even longer than before, reaching and even lying on the floor. Her, before burning hooves, now seemed to be covered in a thin layer of ice. But what really could catch one's attention was the fact that the hail started to form armor on her body, turning into pauldrons, breastplate, bladed armguards, some leg armor, giant plated gauntlets and a really strange helm, which completely hid Sha'Qudela's head, and it was completely full with no holes to provide vision as if there're no longer eyes beneath it.  After the transformation was complete, the hail seemed to calm settle down a bit
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Chapter 5: The Second Harbinger
"Damn! Where the hell did he go?!" Aldrick yelled.
"Be quiet. We are not alone" Lin said and so they both stood quietly listening to their surroundings until Lin suddenly shouted "Magic Burst!" and a bolt of magical energy stroke one of the cave's walls, causing it to crack and collapse.
"Oh my, no use hiding anymore?" a female voice came from near the destroyed wall "What a bad little girl we have here."
A few moments later a figure rose from the dust of the recently collapsed wall. The figure had feminine looks, but the magic flowing from it was definitely demonic, and it was way more powerful than that of their previous opponent.
"I believe, that you already know, who am I. However, if you still didn't get it… My name is Sha'Qudela and I am one of the Harbingers of Peace. So why attack someone, whose goal is helping you achieve such a great thing as peace?"
"You? Bring peace? Don't make me laugh. You must consider us to be pretty dumb to believe in such an obvious lie. Especia
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Chapter 4: The Dream
"You know, Aldrick, it's really frustrating that you avoid chatting with me, even a little." The voice echoed again "But even though it's bearable, you humans can't really live without sleep... So, in the end, we'll meet eventually."
"Shut it, old worm!" Aldrick's voice seemed irritated and his silhouette begun to materialize in the empty space.
"Worm! You called me a worm again! How many times do I have to remind you that I am not a worm?" The unknown voice said. "You know out of all people I've met you're the most stubborn. However, that stubbornness is what makes you so interesting to me."
After these words, the once-empty space started to shift its color from black to dark-purple. As the color changed, ghastly chains began to appear all over the place.
"Yes, that stubbornness is so fascinating, that I cannot keep myself uninterested. After all, you the first person to not kneel before me after using me for so long." The voice continued "But how long will you be able to maintain tha
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Chapter 3: The one who brings eternal sleep
As Aldrick and Lin rushed further into the depths of the mines, a feeling of drowsiness began to reach them, and the color of the air changed to light-purple as it filled with the strange mist.  That was a sign that they're getting closer to their target.
The duo was reaching the next turn when a giant whip slammed a nearby wall, causing it to crack and crumble. The purple mist thickened, and a silhouette of a giant creature appeared in it. Lin quickly used some air magic to disperse the mist around their guest. That was when they finally him, One of the Three Harbingers of Peace, Judh'Kaius. The eyes of the demon flickered as his other hand with a whip rose into the air, preparing for another attack and then landing it, causing the floor to crack. At that very time, he began to mix the containment of his vials, creating another wave of a thicker mist, which quickly spread throughout the tunnel. Both Aldrick and Lin came to a conclusion that the mist was a cause of the sudden drow
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Chapter 2: Rottenthorn Mines
It was almost night when Aldrick and Lin found a shelter, where they could get some rest until morning. It was a cave hidden from the most people by a thick layer of plants, vines, and other vegetation. The cave turned out to be quite spacious on the inside, and it seemed, they weren't the first ones to find it, because an old campsite was later found deeper in the cave. Lin checked if there were any traps in the cavern and after learning that there weren't any, she began restoring the site. At that time Aldrick went to find something they could eat for dinner. He soon returned with a huge boar, almost twice as big as those from the Empire's forests. As Lin began cooking it, Aldrick continued to investigate the cave, because its size seemed really suspicious.  He went straight to the furthest corner of it and noticed strange carvings on the walls. They seemed to be written demi-humans language. Aldrick touched carvings with his hand and then followed them to the part of the wall,
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Chapter 1: Journey Begins!
The city of Felgloom is the furthest from the capital of the country of Kinsglade and, obviously, is the closest to the border with an unexplored land of Nathanlim, said to be inhabited by various tribes of demi-humans. Most of the buildings in Felgloom are extremely old and have already begun to crumble, so it is not rare to see townsfolk living in tents on the main city square along with stands of different merchants. Although the city might appear to be in a dire state it still attracts numerous amounts of tourists and adventurers, first visit it to learn more about the history of Kinsglade, while others seek fame and glory for venturing into Nathanlim. So as expected most of the profits come from tourism and adventure-related specializations. Everything seems to remain peaceful and normal until one day.
One day a new adventurer arrived at the city and unlike many others, he was all alone. It was a well-built muscular man almost 2 meters high and of approximately 40 years old who wo
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As Sha'Qudela whispered those words, a powerful hail began to swirl around her. Covered by this hail, her body had begun to undergo some noticeable changes. First, on each arm, her hands shifted and fused together into a wholesome hand, which however had claws almost thrice as long and thick as before. Her hair completely restored itself, and its color changed to the same color her skin was. It was now even longer than before, reaching and even lying on the floor. Her, before burning hooves, now seemed to be covered in a thin layer of ice. But what really could catch one's attention was the fact that the hail started to form armor on her body, turning into pauldrons, breastplate, bladed armguards, some leg armor, giant plated gauntlets and a really strange helm, which completely hid Sha'Qudela's head, and it was completely full with no holes to provide vision as if there're no longer eyes beneath it.  After the transformation was complete, the hail seemed to calm settle down a bit, but it remained, swirling around the Harbinger.
"Here I go, adventurers!" the demoness charged towards Lin and a few moments later she was already facing her.
"Oi, some fancy armor you've got there. Though it's not as useful as it might seem, heh" with that little laugh Lin caught Sha'Qudela's arm with the Destroyer, threw her into the air and then crushed her into the ground with flames quickly engulfing elf's foe. "Damn, you're pretty tough. Looks like you can really fight.".
"Of course I can. The Great One didn't make me one of the Harbingers for nothing." demoness's hand closed around Lin's arm as she rose from the created crater. "Up we go, girlie!" with that phrase the Harbinger threw the elf into the air and after that punctured the ground with her claws. A few moments later giant blades of ice rapidly grew from the earth, swiftly reaching Lin. She barely managed to dodge this attack in the mid-air and got a small scratch before falling on to the ground. With a quick arm movement, Sha'Qudela created a barrage of icicles similar to the one Lin attacked her with before, but those icicles were much darker as if they were imbued with darkness. Another swing and all the icicles flew towards Lin. However, they all broke during the flight.
"Huh? What happened?" the demoness looked confused.
"Nothing much. Just a little antimagic trick" after saying that Lin gave the Harbinger a quite smug smile. After that, she launched a fireball from the Destroyer, which soon grown almost five times bigger and faster, leaving the target little chance to escape. Obviously, Sha'Qudela couldn't escape and got hit, but this attack left much less damage on her than the Rune of Destruction from before.
"That won't work" a cold voice echoed from behind Lin's target. A ghastly apparition rose over Sha'Qudela "Not while I grant this demon my powers.".
"Oh, really? So that's the Snow-White Demon's materialization. Nice to meet you, name's Linelya Magibloom." Lin clenched a fist on her other hand "It's time to take this more seriously.". With those words, Lin's another relic materialized on her other before bare hand. It seemed as if roots grew from it, and then they fused together into a wholesome glove made out of woods with bright green vein-like lines covering it. Some of the roots continued to grow upwards her arm forming some sort of wooden armor on her it. This other relic is called the Creator and is considered to be a total antipode to the Destroyer. Yet, those two complemented each other perfectly. While one consumed the life force of user to generate enormous amounts of magic, other generated no less life energy in exchange for some of that magic.
Lin slightly waved with the Creator and soon after she landed another attack on her opponent. This times roots, similar to those on Lin's arm, grown from the earth around the Harbinger and impaled her.
"Damn you!" those words echoed in the air as Sha'Qudela was lifted into the air, unable to do anything. "How come, that I can't do anything about those accursed roots?!" anger begun to build within the demoness "WHY WON'T THEY FREEZE?!".
"You've probably forgotten, eh?" Lin lifted the Destroyer "I'm sending small impulses of heat throughout these roots. Well, "small" enough to warm them from your "cold-hearted" magic, dear Harbinger of peace.". "And now the show begins! Flame cage!" Lin snapped fingers and in a moment all the roots were coated in the Destroyer's flames, and soon it completely covered the Harbinger.
"These flames are nothing! They can't harm me!" Sha'Qudela started to laugh.
"You think so? Poor thing." Lin made quite a smug face.
"W-w-what?!" a loud cry could be heard as the flames slowly melted demoness's armor away. "WHAT DID YOU DO?!" anger was overflowing once calm and arrogant demoness.
"Just a little antimagic. I think I told ya that already." Lin slowly walked to her foe. "Allow me to reintroduce myself, milady. Linelya Magibloom, the Magebreaker. There're little spells that can withstand my antimagic. I was, how should I put it, making fun of you this whole time. Just, you know, to learn more about your abilities, to collect some info about ya.". With a mischievous smile, Lin brought Sha'Qudela closer to herself, then her grasp closed around Harbinger's throat. Sha'Qudela's helm, now fully melted away, no longer hid her eyes, the darkness in them was bulging outwards indicating uncontrollable rage burning within the demoness. With a quick move, Lin once again threw her opponent into the ground, this time applying much more force than before, as the result, forming a much bigger crater. Blood spilled from Sha'Qudela's mouth and numerous wounds, the sound of breaking bones could be clearly heard echoing throughout the cavern complex.
"All done here!" Lin shouted, waving to Aldrick, who was now dragging Judh'Kaius to where she was.
"What should we do now? We have no means of demon-slaying right now, I expected a little trip with some monsters, but not demons." Aldrick sat down trying to figure out what they were going to do as of now. It was clear that it's a threat they were better to take care of right now, but in this world, one can't simply kill a demon to end its life. No, a vial of holy water and a sealing rune were needed to weaken the demon's bond with his the Demon Realm, and that it's for low-rank demons. Ones like this needed interference of powerful priest or slayer, none of which was in our Duo.
"We can destroy their vessels, but I think these Inuarik cultists will resummon them pretty soon if we do.".
"Damn it!" Aldrick punched the ground. "You won this time, old worm! Time Lock! Uroboros, devour them!" with those words ghastly chains formed orbs around both Harbingers and then those very orbs greatly reduced in size and flew into two of five empty sockets carved in Uroboros's edge. "Let's go. We need to get those to the church in Westgate.".
And so the Duo partly defeated two of the three Harbingers of Peace, but the strong ones like them are always delicious prey to the prying eyes of those, who crawl in the shadows and those, who blindly obey them.
"Damn! Where the hell did he go?!" Aldrick yelled.
"Be quiet. We are not alone" Lin said and so they both stood quietly listening to their surroundings until Lin suddenly shouted "Magic Burst!" and a bolt of magical energy stroke one of the cave's walls, causing it to crack and collapse.
"Oh my, no use hiding anymore?" a female voice came from near the destroyed wall "What a bad little girl we have here."
A few moments later a figure rose from the dust of the recently collapsed wall. The figure had feminine looks, but the magic flowing from it was definitely demonic, and it was way more powerful than that of their previous opponent.
"I believe, that you already know, who am I. However, if you still didn't get it… My name is Sha'Qudela and I am one of the Harbingers of Peace. So why attack someone, whose goal is helping you achieve such a great thing as peace?"
"You? Bring peace? Don't make me laugh. You must consider us to be pretty dumb to believe in such an obvious lie. Especially, with your "friend" in such condition," Aldrick said pointing his sword onto her.
"No good, huh? Still, even if I wanted to escape now, I wouldn't be able to, because of the big guy here and the two of you. So…" the last phrase seemed to echo in multiple voices and Sha'Qudela's before a friendly smile quickly began to change into a hideous grin covering almost a half of her face. A moment and she was already near Aldrick. At last the duo could clearly see what they were facing:
Sha'Qudela was about as high as Aldrick and had snowy-white skin, covered in hardly noticeable scales. On top of the demon's head, there were four horns, two large ones and two small. Her hair was bright red, almost crimson, reaching her knees and from it, a pair of long pointy ears was not hard to notice. Her face could be called rather attractive or even seductive, if not for the second pair of eyes and all of them were empty; they were literally filled with the flowing pitch-black nothingness. Her shoulders were as slim as they should be for women. However, her arms were way out of the proportion as they were about as long, if not longer, than her legs and on the end of each arm, she had not one, but two hands each with three fingers ending in razor-sharp claws. Judging from her body, which could possibly be called tempting and most of the men would easily experience lust and craving to fulfill their animalistic urges, it was clear that she was a succubus-type demon. Her legs seemed less strange than her arms, as the only addition to their length was that the demoness had hoofs instead of feet and ground underneath them was always in flames.
In the end, Sha'Qudela's quick advance gave her no handicap as she almost lost her arm the moment she tried to cut Aldrick with her claws. The demoness quickly jumped back, however, Lin had already finished chanting a spell, which then summoned numerous ice shards, which flew directly towards elf's foe. A few of them even managed to hit the target but seemed to have no effect as they simply broke upon reaching surprisingly tough scales of the demoness.
"You need to try harder than that, darling, spells like this won't have any effect on me. But you..." she turned to Aldrick "... you are rather a problem with that sword of yours. Mind telling me where did you get your hands on it?"
"None of your business, fiend" Aldrick said with a bit of irritation in his voice and afterward tried to slash the demoness.  That, however, had little success as she dodged the attack with a surprising easiness.
"My! you're so rude, trying to hurt such a beautiful person. Were you not taught that it's bad to hurt women?" Sha'Qudela tried to show off her femininity to seduce Aldrick, but, as she expected, it had no effect.
"Sorry, I'm not interested in crazy demon chicks. Soooo..." He went silent for a moment, "I guess you'd better stand still while I cut you, don't want things to get bloody" As soon as he finished saying that, Aldrick rushed towards and it seemed as though his blade cut the demoness. However...
"Oooh, that was close!" Sha'Qudela gasped.
"Lin, do it!"
"I don't need you telling me that!" Lin yelled as she reached the ground and a red rune formed under the Harbinger.
"That doesn't look good" Sha'Qudela whispered to herself.
The rune erupted with a column of dark flames, which completely engulfed everything in it. That was one of a few abilities of Lin's Relic called The Destroyer. This Relic can easily create Runes of Destruction, which explode in mixed flames of both dragon and demon origin and literally could destroy anything in it.
As the column continued to burn Sha'Qudela's silhouette disappeared at first, but some time later she rose once again. The demoness walked out of the flames. Her body was now covered in numerous burns and almost half of the length of her hair burned down. Yet, something seemed off. First, was the mere fact that she survived a direct hit from the rune. Second, the energy emanating from her became even more sinister and vile than it was before.
"Now you've gone and done it... Snow-White Demon... Activate!" A powerful surge of demonic energy erupted from Sha'Qudela, she'd activated her Relic.
The real battle... starts now...
"You know, Aldrick, it's really frustrating that you avoid chatting with me, even a little." The voice echoed again "But even though it's bearable, you humans can't really live without sleep... So, in the end, we'll meet eventually."
"Shut it, old worm!" Aldrick's voice seemed irritated and his silhouette begun to materialize in the empty space.
"Worm! You called me a worm again! How many times do I have to remind you that I am not a worm?" The unknown voice said. "You know out of all people I've met you're the most stubborn. However, that stubbornness is what makes you so interesting to me."
After these words, the once-empty space started to shift its color from black to dark-purple. As the color changed, ghastly chains began to appear all over the place.
"Yes, that stubbornness is so fascinating, that I cannot keep myself uninterested. After all, you the first person to not kneel before me after using me for so long." The voice continued "But how long will you be able to maintain that willpower? How much time is left until your little 'team' will break? These questions are rather new to me, and, oh, how entertaining it is to watch you do your best with so little of my power."
"Kneel before you? Hah, I'll never kneel before an old purple worm like you!"
"Sigh. You're so persistent with the worm thing, aren't you?" It seemed as if the voice began to tire of this conversation.
"Why would I?"
"You're right. Humans are irredeemable, sigh."
"So..." Aldrick's voice suddenly became serious "... What did you want, worm?"
"Oh, finally down to business!" The unknown voice again became lively "First, I wanted to use the opportunity to finally have a talk with you which that demonic fool so gladly offered me.  The second reason will probably catch your interest a little bit more than the first: Why not take more of my powers? Even if that demon is a weakling compared to the two you, but there can be more, well, there ARE more. His weakness also may come from his recent summoning, who knows he might become more dangerous with some time. So do you agree?"
"Agree? You must be going mad, worm!" Aldrick tried to laugh, but his face remained serious "I guess, I have no choice. But don't even think that you'll be able to take over, I won't be taking much."
"So harsh you are. That's definitely not the attitude to speak with your weapon." The source of the voice seemed to be really close to Aldrick.
A few moments after, all the chains headed down the purple abyss. And then from it emerged... A giant snake, the Relic Weapon - Uroboros, the Devourer. His skin was covered in thick black scales with purple liquid dripping from them. The scales that were closer to his head seemed to form some sort of spikes standing in three lines. One atop his head going down the spine and completely disappearing into the void and the other two growing on the sides of his lower jaw. His eyes were half-red half-purple fluently mixing in the center. But what seemed the most terrifying was his maw. From the above two giant fangs dripping with the same liquid, his scales did, but on the bottom of his maw, there were not only two similar fangs but also something really strange. It seemed like some sort of a structure. It was an altar and on it numerous bodies of both men and women, those were all Uroboros's previous owners. They all were driven mad by the power he offered and soon became mere husks driven by the Relic's own will. The altar was covered in chains, which then went downward Uroboros's body, entangling and restraining him. Restraining him from taking over his owner's body, each of these chains was made from Aldrick's willpower.
"Oh, and hurry up a bit, Aldrick. No matter how much I want that fool to die, I prefer not leaving it to your comrade. 'Comrade', hah. See you later, 'master'."
A burst of bright purple light blinded Aldrick for a moment, and then he opened his eyes. He was still in the cage but quickly broke it. Then he saw rather disgusting, but not an unusual sight. Lin with her Relics activated brought the demon down to his knees and now was crushing his skull with her hand.
"Seems like I was too late. Mind me killing him, Lin?"
"I do mind." Her right arm exploded with bright-red energy and that energy then flowed into her hand that was holding Judh'Kaius.
"God, you're going to overkill him. You should hold back at least a little" Aldrick said, but Lin didn't seem to listen.
"That bastard made me sleep. I had to listen to those two once again! I HATE listening to them, but thanks this idiotic arsehead I had to."
"I know, having dual-Relic sucks, but you must calm down. We're still in the cavern, and who knows what might happen if you just use your Destroyer even a little."
"Hmmm..." Lin slowly removed her hand from the demon's head "I guess you're right. Go on, kill that demon."
"Alright... Huh?!" As soon as Lin removed her hand the Harbinger disappeared. "Lin! Quickly get out of this hole!"
They quickly left the destroyed tunnel, but there was no trace of the demon.
"Damn, where the hell did he go, he was half-dead!" Aldrick shouted.
As Aldrick and Lin rushed further into the depths of the mines, a feeling of drowsiness began to reach them, and the color of the air changed to light-purple as it filled with the strange mist.  That was a sign that they're getting closer to their target.
The duo was reaching the next turn when a giant whip slammed a nearby wall, causing it to crack and crumble. The purple mist thickened, and a silhouette of a giant creature appeared in it. Lin quickly used some air magic to disperse the mist around their guest. That was when they finally him, One of the Three Harbingers of Peace, Judh'Kaius. The eyes of the demon flickered as his other hand with a whip rose into the air, preparing for another attack and then landing it, causing the floor to crack. At that very time, he began to mix the containment of his vials, creating another wave of a thicker mist, which quickly spread throughout the tunnel. Both Aldrick and Lin came to a conclusion that the mist was a cause of the sudden drowsiness. They took out masks, which seemed to be enchanted so that they could filtrate the air, passing through them, and put them on.
"My, what smart humans you are, unlike the ones, who summoned me. But, please, don't think that such a child play can stop my Nightmare Fog. It's only a matter of time." Judh'Kaius's voice echoed in their heads.
"We won't need any more than this, anyway, so why not take you down while looking down at you?" Aldrick laughed as he charged to cut one of the demon's legs. However, to his surprise, his target was very agile and easily dodged the attack. Or so he thought... An energy wave erupted from the blade and cut the demon, causing him to kneel a little.
"Damnation! What is this sword?!" he said while looking at the unknown weapon, "No! It can't be!"
"Oh yes, it can. Surprised?" Aldrick grinned and rushed to land another attack, "And don't forget that this isn't the only trick it has!"
Aldrick disappeared in the air. Judh'Kaius completely forgot about Lin, she did cast a little spell, but that's all, with such thoughts he concentrated on finding the man, wielding that damn sword. To his utmost regret, Lin didn't like to be underestimated nor to be forgotten. A powerful wave of fire hit the demon, making him fall down to his knees.
"This little nonsense is so annoying-" He was interrupted by Aldrick piercing his head with the sword.  The swordsman then jumped away pulling his weapon out of creature's head. However, what would surely kill most living beings in this world was merely a scratch for a high-rank demon.
Filled with anger and rage, Judh'Kaius got up on his legs. "ENOUGH! I HAD ENOUGH OF THIS PATHETIC GAME!" he shouted, dropping his vials on the ground. "YOU THINK THAT IF YOU HAVE THIS ACCURSED SWORD AND THAT DAMN CHILD YOU CAN WIN?!" the mist changed its color to dark-red, not only mist, though, the whole body of Judh'Kaius began to turn red. As his arms started to change color, they also grew in size and length, especially his hands, and four more whips manifested in before empty hands. And then the arms rose into the air and with great power crushed the floor of the tunnel. "NIGHTMARE TIME, MORTALS!" the demon shouted while jumping into the hole he created.
Both Aldrick and Lin were caught off guard by this move, but even though they managed to land safely without getting any injuries. The hole turned out to be rather deep so that only a small gleam of light was seen from above. Lin tried to create a source of light, but at the very moment she did one of the demon's whips destroyed it. It was now understood - they had to fight in the darkness, and it seemed to be not an issue for the one, who dropped them here.
The duo made a step forward and another, and then they heard the sound of whips coming towards them. Aldrick managed to dodge, but Lin was hit. Soon afterward Aldrick saw something glowing. It was a sphere made of whips, and in it, Lin was lying unconscious. The sphere slowly filled with the same dark-red mist that Judh'Kaius created not long ago.
"I don't think you want that happening to her, demon. You will probably not like the result of that action." Aldrick said with a face filled with disappointment.
"SILENCE! NO ONE EVER RETURNS FROM THIS SPELL, NOR WILL THIS LITTLE RUNT!" Harbinger's shout echoed in the darkness.
"Nah, I'm pretty much serious. Consider yourself lucky if I manage to finish you before she does." the man said with the same look "Well, I guess you're about to do the same thing to me. I've warned you, whether you listen to me or not is not my problem."
When Aldrick finished, he was caught by the same attack, he already knew that he managed to dodge the previous one only because he was not the target.
"I care not for your damn words, human! Nor am I afraid of any of you. The only thing that worries me is your accursed weapon!" Judh'Kaius said, while slowly appearing near the two spheres with his enemies sleeping soundly in them. "Now, let's the slaughter commence. Hehehehe." his eyes flickered, and his body turned into the mist most of which went into Aldrick's cage.
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"Finally we can have a nice chat. It is good to have someone to talk to once in a while." an unknown voice echoed in nothingness and no one answered, "Oh my, as rude as ever aren't we, Aldrick Hein?".
It was almost night when Aldrick and Lin found a shelter, where they could get some rest until morning. It was a cave hidden from the most people by a thick layer of plants, vines, and other vegetation. The cave turned out to be quite spacious on the inside, and it seemed, they weren't the first ones to find it, because an old campsite was later found deeper in the cave. Lin checked if there were any traps in the cavern and after learning that there weren't any, she began restoring the site. At that time Aldrick went to find something they could eat for dinner. He soon returned with a huge boar, almost twice as big as those from the Empire's forests. As Lin began cooking it, Aldrick continued to investigate the cave, because its size seemed really suspicious.  He went straight to the furthest corner of it and noticed strange carvings on the walls. They seemed to be written demi-humans language. Aldrick touched carvings with his hand and then followed them to the part of the wall, where they seemed to end.
"Aldrick! The food is ready! Come here before it gets cold!" Lin shouted.
"OK, I'll be right there, just give me a moment!" Aldrick said as he reached the floor near the wall he investigated. Something was not right, and he knew it. After eating Aldrick and Lin decided to go to sleep, as they had to get up as early as possible the next day to continue their journey. Though, it was obvious that things won't go as planned.
In the middle of the night, Aldrick woke up, because he heard something crumbling nearby. He got up and picked up his sword, while carefully waking Lin up. A first she seemed surprised, but soon she noticed the sounds as well. No doubt, they were coming from the wall Aldrick had been investigating. As both of them carefully came closer to the wall, Aldrick noticed a small ray of light coming from a small crack in the wall. He showed Lin that she needs to get back a little and, after she was far enough, pulled the sword from behind his back, getting ready to smash the wall. Loudly the wall fell from his mighty swing and behind it was a small passage with torches lit on its sides. Lin finished packing up their things and was ready to go.
As they ventured further into the passage it became wider, and soon they found themselves standing in another cave, much bigger than the one before, The duo stood on a cliff with a ladder leading down. Aldrick and Lin remained quiet for a while, and then they finally heard someone talking under the cliff.
"Someone found the back entrance into the mines, well, the cavern leading to it, as we made sure to close up the breach after the last time." the voice seemed to belong to a young man, though something strange about it worried Aldrick.
"Good, I don't want anyone else interfering with my plans. May Sha'Qudela be with you, acolyte." another man replied, however, judging from his voice, he was way older than the previous speaker. After he finished talking the crumbling begun once again and was way stronger and louder than any time before.
It was only natural to consider this a possible threat to the peace of not only Felgloom but of the whole Kinsglade Empire, and that is without taking into consideration how much such accomplishment would cost.
"What is the chance that this is the source of strange sounds, Lin? I'd give it around forty-five percent" Aldrick said with a visible sign of enthusiasm on his face.
"I won't give more than thirty" Lin answered with the same look, and so both were carefully thinking about what they're going to do. They didn't even speak to each other, because it was normal for them to come up with almost the same plans.
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Now leaving our heroes to their thoughts, we shall move to a distant room in this maze of caverns. In this room, a ritual is performed by several men, wearing dark-red robes covered in different runes of Inuarik language, which is a native language of the most northern part of Kinsglade Empire. So as it seems these people come from the Empire, but what is it that they seek in the distant Nathanlim, in the Bitterwood Forest, which is to say on the south? As the ritual proceeds, crumblings become stronger and louder, and different things appear in the middle of the circle, some are disgustingly ugly, and others look like humans, but tormented to such state that it is impossible to guess whether they're still alive or already dead. This sight comes from a place called The Pit located in the Underworld, a separate reality, which is ruled by demons. Normally people couldn't enter the Underworld, but then one day an ancient mage performed a ritual, that caused two worlds to collide, creating the Darkness in between them and numerous holes in reality, which lead to it and back. But once either people or demons enter this realm, where there's no such thing as light, they must first seek the Candler, the one who guards this lifeless subworld, as it's for him to decide whether they may leave or not.
Returning to ritual, it appears that these Inuarik mages are trying to summons demons from the Underworld, but for what reason? These people were always considered calm and peaceful and proved to be such as they were known to be diplomats between different countries at wars (not only these in which Kinsglade Empire took part, but also these between other distant countries throughout the world).
"Asu'Halsa! Judh'Kaius! Sha'Qudela! Come, the harbingers of peace, and bring eternal peace to this world! We greet you with open arms as we wish for the worlds to coexist in peace", - the mages spoke as they were chanting the rest of their energy into the circle.  And, finally, a figure of a creature begun to form in the middle. WIth the greatest of all crumblings, an entity appeared, knocking off all the mages to the walls of the cave and filling it with a thick purple mist. It was Judh'Kaius, the Harbinger of eternal sleep. He's a six-armed demon, who used two whips, covered in spikes, and held four vials with different liquids in other hands. Judh'Kaius was as tall as two strong men were, but due to that he always moved with his back crooked to such degree, that he seemed more like one big longhorn  than a living being, however, his four legs, which he used to move were strong enough to carry his body at fascinating speed, he could easily catch up with the best hounds, horses or even land drakes. On his face, the demon had no mouth, but he had four reptile-like eyes, flickering with the same purple color as the mist covering him.
As Judh'Kaius left the cave it was obvious that he as any other demon was seeking bloodbath. There're no records of demons coming to the human world with peaceful goals, same goes for the Three Harbingers of Peace.
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Both Lin and Aldrick noticed the sudden burst of magic energy, coming from within the depths of the caverns. They nodded to each other and got ready to move, they were familiar with demon-including matters and they immediately knew that it was no simple imp or brute, but a powerful and wicked creature.
The Duo prepared for a hard fight and proceeded further, immobilizing Inuarik cultists on their way.

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